In the evening of September 11, Beijing time, Google announced today that it had signed a 10-year contract with three wind power plants under construction in Finland. Google will buy renewable energy from these three wind farms to power one of its data centers.
At present, many large companies are buying cheap renewable energy to control costs and reduce carbon emissions. Google said today that the deal with Finnish wind farms is the first time the company has bought renewable energy in Europe without any government subsidies.
It is reported that the total generating capacity of the three wind power plants is 190 MW, which will be constructed by Neoen in France, CPC in Germany and WPD in Germany.
Statistics show that wind power installed capacity in Europe fell by 25% to 4.5 gigawatts in the first half of this year, mainly due to the gradual cancellation of government support for related projects.
Last year, Google had achieved 100% of its goal of using renewable energy. In April this year, Apple Corp also achieved this goal. In contrast, Facebook and Samsung plan to achieve this goal in 2020, while SONY plans to achieve it in 2040. (Li Ming)
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